Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

Frequently Asked Questions

General

1. Can I still apply if I don't know my class schedule yet? 

2. What if I don’t have a car?  How do I get to the school? 

3.Where do I find the application?

4. What happens after I submitted an application?

5. What happens at the interview?

6. When will I hear back from you after the interview?

7. This will be my first semester as a Maryland Mentor Corps mentor, is there some form of orientation to help me become familiar with the program?

 

Maryland Reading Program (MRP)

1. What is a day in the life of an MRP mentor like?

2. Who do you work with in the Maryland Reading Program?

 

Maryland Math Program (MMP)

1. What is a day in the life of an MMP mentor like?

2. Who do you work with in the Maryland Math Program?

 

Maryland Family Literacy Program (MFLP)

1. What is a day in the life of a MFLP mentor like?

2. Do you have to speak Spanish to participate in the Maryland Family Literacy Program?

 

Compensation

1. How can I get paid for working with Maryland Mentor Corps? 

2. What do I have to do in order to receive work study payment?

3. What do I need to bring to the work study workshop?

4. I am not eligible for Federal Work Study, what can I get instead for my work?


General

1. Can I still apply if I don't know my class schedule yet? 

Yes. Apply anyway and tell us what you do know – and then update us once it’s finalized. You can email your completed course schedule to mdmentorcorps@umd.edu. 

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2. What if I don’t have a car?  How do I get to the school? 

You will travel with your team in a Maryland Mentor Corps van. If you are in the Maryland Reading Program, you may be placed in a school school on a University of Maryland shuttle route. In addition, some teams might have members who are willing to drive their own car and bring team members with them as well.

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3. Where do I find the application?
Follow this link https://go.umd.edu/MentorFA2020 to fill out an application to be a mentor for Fall 2020 semester.

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4. What happens after I submitted an application?
Once we have received and reviewed your application, we will send you an email to sign up for an interview.

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5. What happens at the interview?
During the interview, we will ask about your availability, preference of the programs, relevant past experience, and a couple of scenario based questions to help us get to know you better. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions abotu the mentoring experience from current mentors.

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6. When will I hear back from you after the interview?
Typically, you will receive a decision within two weeks after the interview, and if selected as a mentor, you will also receive your program placement and time in the same email. We may follow up with you by email with questions about your schedule and availability for mentoring.

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7. This will be my first semester as an MMC mentor, is there some form of orientation to help me become familiar with the program?
If you are a new mentor, you are required to attend a new mentor training in addition to your assigned program’s training sessions. During the new mentor training, you will learn more about the values and goals of the Maryland Mentor Corps, information on dress code and expectations, as well as some background information about the school district. At your program’s training sessions, you will get to know your team leader(s) and members, and receive training on the specific knowledge and skills applicable to your assigned program.
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Maryland Reading Program

 

1. What is a day in the life of an MRP mentor like?
Depending on your school placement, you will meet your team and leave from the LCSL office in the Stamp Student Union at either 7:30am or 8:00am on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Once arrived at the school, you will work one on one with a total of three students, each for 30 minutes. During the 30 minutes with the student, you will engage him/her in literacy activities such as read aloud, word study activities, and writing. Then, you will return on campus by 10:30am or 11:00am.
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2. Who do you work with in the Maryland Reading Program?

For MRP, you will be working one on one with three first or second grade students, depending on the school, for 30 minutes each day.

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Maryland Math Program

 

1. What is a day in the life of an MMP mentor like?

You will meet your team and leave the LCSL office in the Stamp Student Union at 2:00pm on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Under certain circumstances, we will be able to accept one day mentors for the MMP program. As a mentor, you will be assigned or have the ability to sign up for weekly responsibility such as taking the team crate, taking snack (located inside the LCSL office), or selecting and leading the “Center” for the day. Once arrived at the school, you will be working with a group of three to five students and assist them with homework, engaging them in after homework math activity, snack time, and Center - which is a math oriented group activity that’s fun and exciting. You will return on campus by 5:00pm from your school. 
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2. Who do you work with in the Maryland Math Program?
In MMP, you will be working with a small group of three to five 4th graders throughout the entire duration of the program. 
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Maryland Family Literacy Program

 

1. What is a day in the life of an MFLP mentor like?

As an MFLP Mentor, you will meet your team at the LCSL office in the Stamp Student Union around 5:15pm on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday to prepare for all the materials needed, and leave the office no later than 5:30pm to travel to one of our partnering elementary schools. At the school, you will be working closely with your team to facilitate workshop for attending parents, lead activities, and answering questions that the parents may have. You will be back on campus by 8:30pm.  

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2. Do you have to speak Spanish to join the Maryland Family Literacy Program?

The Maryland Family Literacy Program has a small number of English-only positions, but these are often filled very early in the hiring process.  

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Compensation

 

1. How can I get paid for working with Maryland Mentor Corps? 

The only way you can get paid for your work with the Maryland Mentor Corps is via Federal Work Study (FWS) award, which is allocated as part of your Financial Aid award. You can check to see if you have received a Federal Work Study allocation by logging into your Financial Aid account. If you did not receive a FWS award, you may still be eligible. You can use the Federal Work Study appeal form to request FWS. 

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2. What do I have to do in order to receive work study payment?
First, verify that you are eligible to receive federal work study by checking your financial aid offer at https://financialaid.umd.edu/my-finaid-account. If you ARE eligible, please include the award page in your application or email it to us later if it is not available at the time of applying. Once we receive your award letter, you will then be asked to attend one of the federal work study workshops to fill out the necessary paperwork before receiving payment for working as an MMC mentor.

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3. What do I need to bring to the work study workshop?
You will need to bring 2 forms of government ID (Valid, non-expired drivers license and social security card OR a valid, non-expired U.S. passport). You must bring originals of these documents - copies will not be accepted. You should also have you checking account number and bank routing number available (can be found on a check). Finally, if you are a non-US citizen Permanent Residents, please bring your Green Card in addition to everything else.

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4. I am not eligible for Federal Work Study, what can I get instead for my work?

In addition to create great memories and build amazing relationships with your mentees and your team, you can receive course credit by taking HESI318M, an online, 3 credits course that explores current public education issues and leadership in the context of education system. The Maryland Mentor Corps will also serve as a site for an internship you need or are able to complete for your academic program or major. 

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